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Shrimp feeding

How often do you feed your shrimp?

I am just starting a shrimp tank, i have a low population. I ordered the Lowkeys food sample pack and was just wondering how often everyone feeds. What do you like to feed?


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If you have a small colony, then you could easily feed 1-3 times and be more than fine. In fact, that could be over-feeding. With enough biofilm and leaves they don't really need to each much at all.

As a colony grows larger, more frequent feedings may be required, or at least larger feedings.


I have a small colony so they tend to get fed infrequently.
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If you have a small colony, then you could easily feed 1-3 times and be more than fine. In fact, that could be over-feeding. With enough biofilm and leaves they don't really need to each much at all.

As a colony grows larger, more frequent feedings may be required, or at least larger feedings.


I have a small colony so they tend to get fed infrequently.

Thanks! They have Stargrass that i just added along with Cholla wood and some Alder cones. I feed maybe one tiny piece of a pellet every few days, however i dont have a feeding dish right now, and i think the snails eat it more than the shrimp.
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I have blue dreams in a heavy planted 10g tank with DHG and java mosh.
I feed my shrimps twice a week with shrimps flakes and also once a week I boil 2 spinach leaves and feed them with it. They love it.
Since I give them spinach they are breeding better.

I had to leave for 20 days in the past and they did fine eating only from the plants.

Overfeed the shrimp is very easy and they will eat and eat and eat all day until death.
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If you'd like to supply something for the shrimp to munch on over time without fear of overfeeding, toss an Indian Almond leaf in the tank and leave it. They'll feed off of it until it disintegrates.

My algae is the only plant that pearls.
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I gave them a slice of zucchini the other day, and again the snails ate it. I think maybe cause they are still new, still getting use to their new "house".
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I feed my red cherries about every 3 days with either shrimp pellets, or powder food and they seem to be fine. Occasionally Iíll throw in some boiled spinach or a mulberry leaf and they really love that.
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I don't use feeding dishes, either... although if you don't over-feed, you don't generally need one. If food is going to waste, then a feeding dish may be beneficial. It's also nice to keep the food together so you can watch the shrimp eat together... but that doesn't work if they take off with the food! LOL
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When you people say 'shrimp pellets' you mean pellets designed for shrimp right, not pellets made of shrimp?

Does anyone supplement with GlasGarten Bacter AE for increasing biofilm?
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Lol, I use several shrimp foods from aquarium creations, they come in pellet like shapes. I use bacter AE also, I like that it spreads around the entire tank so even the shrimplets can find some.
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Most people who use Bacter AE under-dose as using too much can cause problems in tanks.

I'm using BT-9 in a mix known as "Semo" although I only recently started dosing it.

There's also Biozyme or Magic Powder as products that promote the growth of biofilm.
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I feed infrequently, about once every week some snowflake soy stuff. It supposedly cultivates a fungus the shrimp love, but they seem to eat it directly. I also have a decent amount of algae in their tank and they graze all day.

Starting small, keeping it simple..(?)
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